Raptors Ready to Roll Over Cavs in Tuesday's Series Opener

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Swinging Johnson

Monday, April 30, 2018 1:21 PM UTC

Monday, Apr. 30, 2018 1:21 PM UTC

The Raptors will welcome the Cavaliers to Toronto on Tuesday night with revenge on their minds after Cleveland swept them out of last season’s conference semifinals.

NBA Tuesday: By The NumbersCavaliers (54-35 SU, 33-54-2 ATS) vs. Raptors (63-25 SU, 48-40 ATS)Free NBA Pick: Raptors -6Best Line Offered: BetPhoenix

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What’s Trending
  • Toronto is 25-19 ATS at home this season.
  • Toronto is 14-9 ATS versus poor defensive teams -- allowing 106+ points/game -- in the second half of the season.
  • Toronto is 8-4 ATS in April games.
  • Cleveland is 20-23 ATS on the road this season.
  • Cleveland is 20-27 ATS when playing against a team with a winning record.
  • Cleveland is 11-18 ATS when playing against a team with a winning record in the second half of the season.

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How about that #BenchMob, eh. pic.twitter.com/if4xd4RDSi

— Toronto Raptors (@Raptors) April 28, 2018
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Game Analysis

We are going to find out if the Raptors are a paper tiger or the new lion of the East. Toronto looked formidable in their first two games of their opening-round series against the No. 8 seeded Wizards. Those games were held in Toronto but when the venue shifted to D.C., it seemed like the players had switched sides as Washington rolled over the Raptors to even the series. Not surprisingly, when the series returned to the Air Canada Centre, Toronto not only defeated the Wizards by double-digits but covered the number and cashed for all those who included the Raps in their NBA picks.

Game 6 was held at the Capitol One Arena on Friday night but something clicked with the top team in the East. The series history clearly favored the home team but this time Toronto bucked that trend and scored a 102-92 victory to win the game, the series, and covered the spread as two-point road chalk. Toronto had averaged 18.5 turnovers in their two previous trips to D.C. but Game 6 was a different story as the Raps ended the night with only six. Kyle Lowry led Toronto with 24 points in that contest.

The Cavaliers continue to mystify with their erratic play. However, LeBron James has been the one immense constant and has single-handedly kept the Cavs in the championship hunt. In Cleveland’s Game 7 with Indiana, James ended with 45 points, nine rebounds, seven assists, and four blocks in the 105-101 series-clinching win. Over the seven-game set, he averaged 34.4 points and more than 10 boards per game. That pretty much tells the tale of this edition of the Cleveland Cavaliers – if Lebron is on, the team wins; if not, then all bets are off.

After a quick check of the NBA odds board, I was a bit surprised to learn that the Raptors are such heavy favorites for Game 1 on Tuesday night. Most of the industry’s majors are hanging Toronto -6, and by the way, if you’re looking for a dynamite deal from one of the best in the business, then get on over to BetPhoenix, currently offering a 175% Free Play Sports Bonus on cash deposits of $300 or more.

However, I am heartened by Toronto’s performance in their Game 6 clincher and the fact they have gone 6-0 straight up and against the spread at home in April. I’ve got to believe LeBron will be more than a bit gassed after that seven-game slugfest against the Pacers and I suspect the Raps will be locked and loaded to exploit that weakness, not to mention the opportunity to exorcise the specter of last season’s sweep. Lay it and like it, back the Raps.

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